Minnesota Hospital Association


October 17, 2016

MHA Newsline: Oct. 17, 2016

In this issue 

Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center recognized for innovative approach to reshaping health care

Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Wabasha was honored with the Carolyn Boone Lewis Living the Vision Award from the American Hospital Association (AHA) in a ceremony on Oct. 6.   

Established in 1996, the award recognizes organizations and individuals for their work in improving the health of their communities through actions that go beyond traditional hospital care. An award recipient cannot be nominated by the hospital or its affiliates; award recipients must be recognized as a leader and nominated by others in the health care field.   

“Hospitals like Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center are health care role models because of the many ways in which they are working to build healthier communities,” said Rick Pollack, AHA president and CEO. “The Carolyn Boone Lewis Living the Vision Award recognizes all it does to instill a culture of better health and wellness throughout the community it serves.”   

“Our efforts to instill a culture of wellness in our community is a way for us to fulfill our mission and live our values,” said Tom Crowley, Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center president. “It has been that way since the sisters founded our hospital in 1898. Receiving the AHA Living the Vision Award will inspire us to do more along our journey to wellness. It is important to note that Saint Elizabeth’s does not do this work in isolation. We have built strong community collaborations and partnerships that are making a difference and improving the health of children, adults, families and seniors across many community settings.”  

A small snapshot of community-based and hospital programs that help individuals reach their full potential include: 

  • Fall prevention and chronic disease management programs, including Matter of Balance, Tai Ji Quan, Living Well with Chronic Conditions and Fit City Seniors. Other programs offer education and support for people with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and osteoporosis, and also for those making healthful lifestyle changes.   
  • Fresh Start, an exercise and lifestyle change program that is offered within the Wellness Center at Saint Elizabeth’s.   
  • ACHIEVE, a comprehensive healthy lifestyle and weight management program that focuses on long-term lifestyle change facilitated by registered dietitians from Saint Elizabeth’s Medical Center. ACHIEVE teaches key healthy living and weight management principles and helps program participants develop individualized strategies and techniques for applying these principles to daily living. The acronym stands for accountability, coaching, healthy eating, intuitiveness, education and resources, vitality and exercise.   
  • 5-2-1-0 wellness program in schools, childcare providers, worksites, primary care clinics and other community settings, including farmers markets, grocery stores, restaurants and the library. The program emphasizes eating five servings of fruits and vegetables, getting two hours or less of recreational TV or computer screen time, one hour of physical exercise and no sugary drinks. A farm-to-school program delivers local fruits and vegetables from a local farmers market to the schools.   
  • Make It OK anti-stigma program and mental illness crisis intervention programs throughout the county.   
  • WorkWell Works, a business-based wellness program that targets employers and their workforce, providing a broad scope of health screenings, education and programming tailored to the priority health needs of workplaces in the region. 

Up to four Carolyn Boone Lewis Living the Vision Award may be presented each year and nominations are accepted at any time from all who are part of the health care or association field. Since its inception, only 15 organizations have received the award. Saint Elizabeth’s is the only organization to be honored this year. return to top   

Updated deadline: MDH seeks input on cost of complying with Minnesota’s patient consent

In the Sept. 19 issue of Newsline, MHA shared that the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) released a Request for Information (RFI) regarding the cost of complying with the Minnesota Health Records Act. The deadline for responses has been changed, with responses now due by Oct. 24.   

The RFI includes a series of questions that serve as a template for each organization to calculate their own costs. The complete RFI and instructions for responding are available here

This issue has been identified by MHA as one of the barriers to better coordination of care. Documenting the cost of complying with this law is an important piece of information for both MHA and the state to have and members are strongly encouraged to respond to the RFI.   

With questions, contact Mark Sonneborn, vice president of health information and analytics, MHA, 651-659-1423. return to top   

Reminder: Legislation regarding discharge planning, caregiver designation becomes effective Jan. 1, 2017

A new law passed during the 2016 legislative session that requires hospitals to provide patients with the opportunity to designate a caregiver and to provide a discharge plan that includes aftercare instructions to the caregiver becomes effective Jan. 1, 2017.   

The new law requires that the patient’s medical record notes the designation of a caregiver and describes any discharge plan and a description of instructions that are provided to the patient or caregiver at the time of discharge. The law specifies certain elements that must be contained in a discharge plan, including aftercare instructions and contact information for health care and community resources that may be available to support the patient after discharge.   

Hospitals and health systems should work in advance of the Jan. 1 implementation date to ensure that they will meet the requirements of the new law.   

The new law language can be found in 2016 Minnesota Session Laws Chapter 103return to top   

MNHPC Fall Forum to take place Nov. 4

Registration is now open for the Minnesota Network of Hospice and Palliative Care’s (MNHPC) Fall Forum, to be held on Nov. 4 from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Earle Brown Heritage Center in Brooklyn Center.   

The forum is entitled “The Delicate Balancing Act of Medication Management in Serious Illness and End-of-Life Care: The Art of Precision Pharmacopalliation.” At the conclusion of the seminar, participants will be able to: 

  • Define the term “deprescribing” and how a systematic process can be used to assess and adjust the medication regimen for patients with serious illness. 
  • Describe strategies for managing complex pain syndromes, including the rational use of combination analgesic therapy, and the use of ketamine including dosing strategies and precautionary interventions. 
  • Describe strategies for the management of patients receiving opioid agonist therapy (OAT, such as methadone, buprenorphine) or patients who may be abusing or diverting controlled substances. 
  • Explain how to convert a patient from one opioid formulation to a different opioid formulation, from one route of administration to another route of administration, and between opioids. 
  • Discuss best practices for dosing methadone in opioid-naïve and opioid-tolerant patients, monitoring therapy and adjusting therapy based on patient response. 

To learn more and register, visit the MNHPC website. return to top   

Bright Futures Begin at Birth event to be held Nov. 1

Eighty percent of a child’s brain develops in the first three years of life. HealthPartners and Greater Twin Cities United Way present Bright Futures Begin at Birth, an event bringing together health care and public service providers, educators and parents to learn about giving children the best start possible. The event will be held Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the Saint Paul RiverCentre.   

Learn more and register onlinereturn to top